DIY Dish Towel Apron

May 06, 2015

Thou shalt protect thy clothing.
Since today is my Grammy's 85th birthday (Hey, Grams!) and Mother's day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to take it back to the good ol' days and make some meaningful and practical gifts. My Grams is THE BEST cook I know, and some of my favorite memories with her were involved baking (cookies, cakes, pies... pretty much anything involving sugar). So, I thought it was fitting to turn regular old dish towels into aprons.

All dish towels are not created equally, so you'll want to make sure your towels are at least 14" x 17". This is the perfect size for half aprons. Since I need versatility for this project, I found my 17" x 28" dish towels in a pack of 3 at Ross for $4. I chose these towels because they're durable, come in really cute patterns and are long enough to make a full apron and even fold the top down to make it a half apron. 

This is project should only take about 15 minutes to complete if you're using a sewing machine (add a few hours for drying time if you're using fabric glue). The instructions below are for a full body apron, if you prefer an apron that just ties around your waist, check out this easy tutorial by Fynes Designs.

For this project, you will need:
  • Dish Towels
  • Ribbon (1.5" x 4 yards)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine (or Fabric Glue)

1. Cut about 2 feet of ribbon for the neck strap. Roll the ends of the ribbon under about 1/4 of an inch. Lay the towel out vertically, then pin and sew the ribbon into place right under the hem of the dish towel. Note: DO NOT CUT THE NECK STRAP. If it needs to be adjusted, make a slip knot.

2. Measure 3 inches from each edge, and pinch in 1.5 inches of fabric then line up the hem. Pin it down and sew it.

3. Decide where you would like for the apron to tie around the waist, pin the remaining fabric (at least 2.5 yards)  in place and sew it down. Prevent the end of the ribbon from fraying by sewing it down, or applying glue to the edges.

I love this DIY Dish Towel Apron because I wipe my hands a lot when I cook. You can wash the apron in the washing machine but I would suggest to hand wash and allow it to air dry to preserve the ribbon. This pattern would also be great for kids, art projects, gardening, etc.

I would love to know how you plan on using yours. Lets talk about it in the comments!

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